BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Christmas trees will soon be out of season, torn down and discarded. Kern County Waste Management described the correct way to dispose of trees.
County residents are urged to recycle their Christmas trees at one of 24 drop-off locations throughout Kern County from Dec. 26 to Jan. 12.
In the metro-Bakersfield area, residents can place Christmas Trees into their green waste container as long as the tree is cut into small pieces and the container lid is completely closed. Whole trees are not accepted.
Other options include taking your Christmas tree to the Mount Vernon Green Waste Facility, or taking your Christmas tree to the landfill for recycling.
Please tarp or cover your load properly to avoid paying an untarped/unsecured load fee.
There are several organizations in Kern County that pick-up Christmas trees for a small donation.
Residents can help make this process easier by removing all ornaments, lights, and the tree stand prior to recycling the Christmas tree.
Kern County has been recycling Christmas trees for over 21 years said Douglas E. Landon, Director of the Kern County Waste Management Department.
Approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year. After Christmas, thousands of Christmas trees will be sliced, minced and diced into a rich mulch to be used by city parks, schoolyards and roadways.
That’s right: Christmas trees are chipped and shredded into mulch which is used for water conservation and weed control in parks, as ground padding in playgrounds, as erosion/dust control on hiking trails and bridle paths, as additives in composting for landscaping and fertilizers and as alternative fuel in "biomass" co-generation facilities.
The country says to "Go Green, recycle your Christmas tree."
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